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Podcast of Carol Fitzgerald Moderates "Book Club Facilitators Sound Off" Panel at BEA

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

At the BookExpo America (BEA) trade show on May 30th, Carol Fitzgerald moderated panel with four book club facilitators: Jill Campbell, Katherine Schulz, Marsha Toy Engstrom and Esther Bushell. To listen to a podcast of the panel, click here. Announces Results of 2009 Book Club Survey

For Immediate Release, the leading place on the web for book club resources, recently conducted a survey of book club members. More than 7,700 respondents completed the 62-question survey, weighing in on topics like where they get information, if they use online social and book networking websites, and whether their book-buying habits have changed in the last year.

"The last time we conducted a survey was in 2001, and a lot has changed since then," said Carol Fitzgerald, co-founder and president of The Book Report Network. "Through this survey we've been able to identify trends and topics of interest to reading groups and find out what resources they're seeking." The information is being shared with publishers, booksellers, librarians and authors to aid in their efforts to reach out to book club members.

Survey highlights include:

- 83% of groups read both hardcovers and paperbacks, while 15% read only paperbacks.

- 65.6% are interested in having authors join their book club discussions.

- 72% would like a place online where they can find out what other groups are reading.

- The top book selection categories are bestsellers, general fiction, classics, award winners, historical fiction, mystery & thriller, biography, memoir, books into movies and Oprah selections.

- Leading sources for information about books are local newspapers, followed by The New York Times; the Oprah Winfrey Show ranked third, followed by morning talk shows and NPR.

- 71% rely on recommendations from friends as their primary source of information for selecting books.

- Nearly half of book clubs make reading selections annually, quarterly or every six months; of those groups most do their planning in January, followed by June and September.

- 54% are on Goodreads and 53% are on Facebook.

To read the full results of the survey, go to:

Media Contact:
Ann Binkley
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Announcing's Hottest Graphic Novels of Summer 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

For Immediate Release Selects the Hottest Graphic Novels of Summer 2009: Fifty Titles for Kids, Tweens, Teens, and Adults

(New York, NY) has announced the Hottest Graphic Novels of 2009 --- its picks for the top graphic novels and manga for summer. The books are divided into age-appropriate categories for readers of all levels: adult fiction, nonfiction, teens, tweens, and kids.

“Some of the best creative talent in the industry are releasing books this summer,” said John Hogan, Editorial Director of “These graphic novels are not only highly anticipated, but they also represent high-quality stories and art. Our list of graphic novels and manga shows the breadth this format is capable of, from bold works of fiction to riveting nonfiction to great books for young readers.”

The list includes Stitches, a frank and powerful memoir about David Small’s life as a child enduring horrible medical abuses. Stitches was one of the most buzzed about titles at the recent BookExpo America show in New York. Another book already generating great publicity is The Photographer, an intense memoir about one man’s journey through 1986 Afghanistan while photographing the work of Doctors Without Borders.

Other books on the list include superhero comics featuring Batman, Batgirl, and Captain America; suspenseful vampire fiction for tweens in Cirque du Freak; all-ages kids’ fare like Bone: Rose, Amelia Rules!, Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom, and Ninja Baseball Kyuma; and groundbreaking new works of art from David Mazzucchelli (Asterios Polyp), Jeff Lemire (The Nobody), and Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge).

“Developing this list just six months after the launch of symbolizes our commitment to delivering the same editorial integrity with this website that we have with the other sites in,” said Carol Fitzgerald, President of The Book Report Network. “Graphic novels and manga have earned a place at our online literary table alongside traditional prose with equally robust content and community features.”

For the complete list of the Hottest Graphic Novels of Summer 2009, visit

Press Contact:
Ann Binkley
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